Winter Sky and Stars – Learn Those Constellations

There is something timeless about studying the night sky. I know when our family would gaze up at the stars and the familiar constellations, we would feel connected to all those throughout human history that had looked up at essentially the same things: stars, planets, moon. It can be an awesome experience.

“After the polar constellations are learned, we are then ready for further study in the still earlier evenings of winter, when the clear atmosphere makes the stars seem more alive, more sparkling, and more beautiful than at any other period of the year.”
Handbook of Nature Study, page 823

In my opinion, the winter night sky tends to be more dazzling. Bundling up and getting outside in the evening takes effort but the rewards are huge. Use the information in the Handbook of Nature Study linked below in the winter sky study for a helping hand at getting started with the basics of a winter sky study.

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Read the Outdoor Hour Challenge:

Winter Sky Study-Handbook of Nature Study Lesson 226-229  (pages 823-829)

Make a short list of constellations to look for during your winter sky study. Here are a couple of suggestions:

Our family decided to make sure we can find these four constellations in the winter sky:

  • Big Dipper (North Star as well)
  • Ursa Major
  • Cassiopeia
  • Orion (using Orion’s belt)

Makes sketches of each of the constellations in your nature journal to aid your memory.

If you are a member here on the website, make sure to download the July 2016 newsletter for additional ideas for your study.

Winter Nature Study ebooks graphic and promo

Please note this challenge is found in the Winter Series ebook found in the Ultimate Naturalist Library membership. Log into your membership and scroll down to the ebook download link. Included in the ebook, there is a custom notebook page for this challenge.

OHC Plan 18 to 19 Join Us

You can find the complete plan for this school year in all levels of membership here on the Handbook of Nature Study. Also, if you have an Ultimate or Journey level membership, there is a file in your library that has all of this year’s notebook pages in one file.

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